Valley CASA

Welcome to Valley CASA

The VAlley is also know as the the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The Valley CASA program is under the umbrella of the Alaska CASA program which is part of the Office of Public Advocacy (OPA). Our offices are located at: 
Palmer State Office Building
515 E. Dahlia Street, Suite 130
Palmer, AK 99645
 
In 2015 the Valley CASA program had 29 active volunteers serving 143 children. 

Jessica Clarkson is the Program Coordinator for the Valley CASA program and can be reached at (907) 707-1743 or ValleyCASA@alaska.gov. The fax number is (907) 707-1754.

Jessica's Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday        
8:00AM - 1:00PM
and by appointment


Jessica Clarkson

Jessica has been part of the Alaska CASA staff since the fall of 2012.  Before that she served as a CASA volunteer in both Anchorage and the Valley.

Jessica was born in Montana and raised on the tundra in Bethel.  She attended UAF and Eastern Washington, earning a Master of Social Work before settling in Anchorage then Palmer. Jessica brings valuable knowledge and experience in the areas of child welfare, child and adolescent development, and mental health. 

Jessica has three busy boys (and a husband!) at home, and she enjoys making bread, caring for her chickens, and hiking. 

Join Us!

You've just inquired about the most rewarding and empowering volunteer opportunity that exists to make a difference in a child's life.

What does having a CASA volunteer mean to a foster child? Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they can't - or won't - take care of you. Now, into your life come dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, social workers, judges, lawyers, and more. Having a CASA volunteer means having by your side a trained and committed adult who has been appointed by a judge to watch over and advocate for your best interests. That CASA volunteer will make sure you don't get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. They will be there for you until your case is closed. It can make the difference between homelessness and a safe home, between dropping out and completing school, between unemployment and success, between jail and becoming a productive member of society.

CASAs are the only volunteers that are appointed by a judge and empowered to stand up for an abused or neglected child in court. We invite you to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer in your community. We hope you decide to join our family of volunteers - everyday people who are committed to improving children's lives.

You may request an information packet by clicking on the Contact button above and filling out the online form. Learn more at our Volunteer page.

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